I Didn’t Retire From Dancing

Interview with Rainer Krenstetter after his farewell with Miami City Ballet

Throughout his outstanding career, Rainer Krenstetter has danced principal and leading roles in most ballets in the classical and modern repertoire. Rainer published his memoirs entitled „ Not Without Tears – A life Lived Onstage“ this year. I was lucky to get a Zoom interview with Rainer in Miami when he was waiting for his flight to Europe.

Farewell performance with Miami City Ballet in April 2022 (filmed backstage)
Rainer Krenstetter with Katia Carranza

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Not Without Tears – A life Lived Onstage

Book Review: A Memoir by Rainer Krenstetter

Back in 2002, I was lucky to see Rainer on stage in Berlin, when Vladimir Malakhov became artistic director of Staatsballett Berlin. I will never forget watching him dance as Loge, the God of fire in RING UM DEN RING by Maurice Béjart, as Lenski in John Cranko’s ONEGIN, or as Tschaikovsky in Boris Eifman’s ballet. I’ve also been lucky enough to interview Rainer on his career as principal dancer with the Miami City Ballet. So I couldn’t wait for his memoir when it was released in the spring of 2022.

 Principal Conductor Gary Sheldon, Company Pianist Francisco Rennó, Rainer Krenstetter, Emily Bromberg, Tricia Albertson, and dancers of Miami City Ballet take a bow after performing Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No.2.  Photo © Jason Ashwood – London
The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, 2018
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My favorite Interviews in 2021

I was lucky that even in time of Covid Pandemic to talk to outstanding artists.

Principal Dancer Ksenia Ovsyanick with Staatsballett Berlin

„I’m ready to put all the energy I can to make sure the world of ballet can and will still flourish.“

Ksenia Ovsyanick © Maria Kulchitskaya

More: https://balletloversblog.com/2021/03/18/im-ready-to-put-all-the-energy-i-can-to-make-sure-the-world-of-ballet-can-and-will-still-flourish/

Ballerina Nicole Stalker with Miami City Ballet

„For me, it’s really rewarding to give back and help train the next generation of up and coming professional dancers. It‘s inspiring as I feel like I can remind myself of things you tend to forget about in your daily professional routine.“

Nicole Stalker © Alexander Iziliaev


Mladen Dabizljevic, ballet Pianist

„By playing the right rhythmical or melodic pattern to support the movement and constantly adjusting to what is the need of the dancer. Above all of this the music needs to be beautiful!“

Mladen Dabizljevic © enscene.ch

More: https://balletloversblog.com/2021/05/20/meet-the-ballet-pianist-mladen-dabizljevic/

What Dancers Are Doing In The Summer Break?

Relaxing, Exercising or Earning Money?

Interview with Nicole Stalker, Ballerina with Miami City Ballet and Yoga Teacher

What are your plans for the summer?

I am so looking forward to spending 3 weeks in Tampa teaching for Next Generation Ballet’s Summer Intensive! I will teach young dancers between the ages 12 – 18 from July 5-23, 6 days a week, 3 to 4 classes a day.

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We will be dancing THE NUTCRACKER outside in a park


I’m creating a small series for my blog to give my favourite dancers the opportunity to talk about their experiences, motivation and daily routines nowadays. As you all know, it must be so tough for dancers to train hard every single day in isolation and stay in top shape, not knowing when the next performance is going to be.

Rainer Krenstetter, principal with the Miami City Ballet since 2014

I will never forget Rainer’s character in THE RING in 2007, where he interpreted uniquely and impressingly the LOGE, the storyteller in Maurice Béjart’s outstanding choreography. And there are so many gorgeous performances I’ve seen from Rainer that still stick with me today.

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No Stamina In Home Office

Interview with Rainer Krenstetter, principal dancer of the Miami City Ballet, since 2014

Rainer tells us about how to survive as a dancer in times of corona.

You are doing live stream dance classes on Instagram for intermediate and advanced dancers as well as private classes. How do you go about teaching online?

After everything was shut down due to corona, the Miami City Ballet started serving the community through educational and outreach programs throughout Miami, Florida and even worldwide. MBC offers online classes done by their highly ranked dancers. Our outreach program includes ballet basic classes, as well as stretching and strengthening classes for people more interested in Fitness, Yoga or Pilates. 

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FIREBIRD in Florida


Featuring Igor Stravinsky’s sublime score and all new set and costume designs. Plus, the company premiere of Justin Peck’s Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes and Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs.

Firebird is a magical, fantastical fairy tale which is not shown very often. I just saw it once and loved it. It’s different from SWAN LAKE – but both are romantic story ballets about birds. Four Dance Episodes and Nine Sinatra Songs looks like a perfect addition to this triple bill.


The opening of Miami City Ballet’s third performance of the season “Firebird” promises to be one of the company’s most exciting in recent history as it features two highly anticipated premieres: Firebird, which marks the first time any company outside of New York City Ballethas performed the famed Balanchine/Robbins legacy piece, and  Justin Peck’s critically acclaimed Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes. Twyla Tharpe’s crowd-pleasing Nine Sinatra Songs rounds out the thrills-filled program. Accompanied by the incomparable Opus One orchestra led by Gary Sheldon, the musically arousing, visually arresting Firebird opens Friday, Feb. 14 at the Arsht Center in Miami. Evening and matinee performances take place in Miami Feb. 14 – 16, West Palm Beach Feb. 21 – 23, and Fort Lauderdale Feb. 29 – Mar. 1.

Alive with color, excitement, and spectacular new sets and costumes created especially for MCB, Firebird headlines the enchanting program. Steeped in Russian folklore, Balanchine first brought his Firebird to life in 1949, when it premiered before New York City audiences. It is widely considered to be the ballet that propelled Balanchine to stardom. It notably featured three of Russia’s most iconic artists: George Balanchine, Igor Stravinsky and Marc Chagall, who designed the sets. Chagall’s sets are, in large part, the reason why this Firebird has not been seen outside of New York. For MCB’s all new production, artistic director Lourdes Lopez tasked Wendall Harrington, aka The Queen of Projections and Anya Klepikov, a rising star of costume design, to bring this most celebrated fairy tale to life. 

Hailed by the New York Times as, “compelling and mysterious” and “a masterpiece of musical narration,” Firebird tells the story of Prince Ivan, who, while out hunting strays into a mystical realm where the Firebird dwells. Deep in the forest, he encounters a princess and they fall in love. But mighty forces block their romantic dreams – Ivan’s true love is held in captivity by the evil sorcerer Kastchei. To free her, Ivan must battle Kastchei and his mythical monsters. He calls upon the enchanted Firebird, the only one who has the power to defeat this dark magic.

Then, a brilliant cast of 15 men and one female dancer will leave audiences impressed and inspired by the company’s premiere of Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes. Tony Award-winning Justin Peck’s ground-breaking choreography challenges conventions and showcases the power of Miami City Ballet’s exceptional male dancers. The young work has “made many people rejoice to be watching dance in the 21st” and “gives new life to classic American music by Aaron Copland.” (New York Times

The best of Frank Sinatra’s swinging hits—including “My Way,” “That’s Life” and “One for My Baby (One More For The Road)”— captivate audiences in the popular nostalgic work of Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs. Proved to be a mainstay in the repertoire of professional dance companies worldwide, Nine Sinatra Songs promises elegance and glamour with seven swirling couples in costumes by Oscar de la Renta

Source: website miamicityballet.org


Arsht Center: 
Friday, February 14, 2020, 7:30 p.m. 
Saturday, February 15, 2020, 7:30 p.m. 
Sunday, February 16, 2020, 2 p.m.

Kravis Center: 
Friday, February 21, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 22, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 23, 2020, 1 p.m.

Broward Center: 
Saturday, February 29, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 1, 2020, 2 p.m.


Tickets start at $30 and are available for purchase at miamicityballet.org, by phone.

I feel naked on stage

Rainer Krenstetter, principal dancer of the Miami City Ballet talks about his experiences in the US

Back when Rainer Krenstetter was a member of the ballet company of Staatsballett Berlin, I often had the opportunity to watch him perform. I was completely fascinated by his brilliant technique and elegance, and I will never forget Béjart’s masterpiece “RING UM DEN RING”, where Rainer delivered an outstanding performance in the role of Loge.

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